Little Man Ice Cream now offered at sixteen local restaurants

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

You don't need to brave the lines outside of a 28-foot-high milk can to enjoy Little Man Ice Cream. The four-year-old venture has expanded its reach to provide ice cream for local restaurants, as well as at events and private parties.

And now Little Man's new "express bike" cruises beyond its popular location, where it scoops up two rotating flavors from a very cool cooler.

"It's important to us that every customer undergoes the Little Man experience when purchasing our product -- fast lane or not," says Little Man general manager Loren Martinez. "We are not trying to filter our customers through a fast-food drive-thru -- we're simply offering a quick option with the same old-fashioned quality product and customer service, now available in a vintage bicycle cooler." By next summer, the shop could have four or five express bikes delivering Little Man ice cream around town.

The shop is also now providing ice cream for sixteen local restaurants, including Il Vicino, Hops and Pie and El Camino. "Offering our product to restaurants has made it possible to have our brand visible all over Denver," Martinez says. "Customers who have never heard of Little Man are becoming more aware of us, and we think this has helped attract new customers to the milk can."

Enough new customers that Little Man has made 30 percent more ice cream this summer than it did last year. "You never know, maybe this will lead to another milk can," Martinez says.

For Little Man, more business also means more giving. Through its "Scoop for Scoop" program, Little Man donates a scoop of rice to villages in developing countries for every scoop of ice cream it sells.

The shop itself has an ever-changing roster of flavors; at least six sorbets -- all vegan -- are offered every day. And as the weather cools down, it will shift the focus from ice cream to soup.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.